Tolpuddle

In 1831 six farm labourers gathered here and asked for an increase in wages. It was not greeted with enthusiasm and three years later they were transported to Australia. What followed was an unprecendented public outrage and a pardon was finally given. The right to 'free collective bargaining' had been established - a huge landmark in trade union history - and the men became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.